PLDT Enterprise, the B2B arm of the country’s leading ICT and digital services provider, recently fortified their decade-long partnership with Go Negosyo, the advocacy group of the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship—in an effort to sustain the latter’s digital enablement programs.
The said partnership, which began in 2008, has always advocated the empowerment of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) by providing them with access to the latest information and technology.
Throughout the years, PLDT has supported the different programs of Go Negosyo via mentorship programs, technology enablement workshops, and knowledge sharing—prepping next generation business owners to become digital entrepreneurs.
Today, Go Negosyo’s headline project is the formation of its Angat Lahat sa Digital Alliance, which brings together 30 digital platform brands in an effort to create an ecosystem that will allow MSMEs to thrive.
Given such mission, the partnership between PLDT and Go Negosyo aims to build digital platforms in order for small businesses to connect their people, data, core applications, and customers through products that are both accessible and secure.
“Go Negosyo is fortunate to have PLDT as one of our greatest supporters in the entrepreneurship advocacy. Ever since our early years, we have partnered with PLDT in providing our micro and small entrepreneurs mentorship, and now in this digital age, PLDT equips our MSMEs with better connectivity and business solutions that will enable them to reach wider market. We encourage all MSMEs to maximize digitalization which democratizes the ecosystem for all products and services, making it more inclusive for everyone”, Presidential Advisor for Entrepreneurship and Go Negosyo Founder Joey Concepcion said.
Championing for the three M’s of entrepreneurship, namely, mentorship, money and market, the advocacy group has given prominence to the tourism sector, youth groups and family enterprises—effectively empowering a greater number of budding entrepreneurs with tools for success.
“With over 900,000 registered MSMEs in the country, we believe that our economy can truly benefit from the steady growth and transformation brought by entrepreneurship,” said FVP & Head of PLDT SME Mitch Locsin.
“This year, we at PLDT Enterprise have renewed our commitment to empower the MSME sector with all-new products and plans fitted to their needs,” said SVP & Head of PLDT and Smart Enterprise Business Groups Jovy Hernandez.
“We are extremely honored to continue our relationship with Go Negosyo to reach even more Filipino entrepreneurs and provide them with the tools they need to compete with industry players,” added Hernandez.
Ultimately, the said endeavor aims to uplift the local business landscape to strengthen the economic position of ASEAN—attracting new technologies and investors that will further propel the country’s steady economic boom.
“The work that Go Negosyo is doing is good for our entrepreneurs, it’s good for business, it is good for the country. In fact, the contributions of Go Negosyo are even more valuable today than when this movement started a decade ago,” Chairman and CEO Manuel V. Pangilinan said at the recent contract signing ceremony between the two parties.
Among fruits of the said partnership is the year-long digital mentorship program, Mentor Me Online, as well as ASEAN-centric events and forums.